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Wickedly hilarious and delightfully deranged, Wild Tales is a subversive satire that doubles as a uniformly entertaining anthology film.
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It's an explosively funny film, made with great energy.
While the stories themselves are about the joys of losing control, their creator knows exactly what can be achieved with crafty pacing, masterly editing and a precisely controlled balance between the matter-of-fact and the shamelessly hysterical.
How to discuss this giddily inventive Argentinian feature without ruining its many surprises?
A delicious chocolate box of nastiness.
The funniest of the six stories is a brilliantly extended riot of absurdly brutal road rage.
Szifrón brings everything to the table here: anger, rage, betrayal, malice aforethought and panic. But he leavens this with humor, style, cleverness and wit.
A vision about desesperates human beings trying to razionalized their wildness. Six short and intense histories. A masterpiece. [Full review in Spanish]
An exciting, gory ride that gets heavy-handed and loses steam, but there's more than enough to satisfy the lust for blood and entertainment.
... Wild Tales is an experience... [Full review in Spanish]
[Director Damián] Szifron exhibits the resentment that is generated by the accumulation of frustrations, the anger that arises in response to the abuse of power... [Full review in Spanish]
The film absorbs us from the start... [Full review in Spanish]
... even the more successful bits exhibit the kind of myopia that renders so many short films into mere one-liners.
A hilarious satire that pokes fun at social classes, bureaucracy and the legal system with six wild stories in which the characters face extreme, absurd situations and are taken by insane impulses of violence and revenge in what seems like the best definition of catharsis.
Mild Tales. I was expecting an edge-of-the-seat stuff, but the movie failed to fulfill that expectation. It's quite mediocre and predictable for most of the part. The shock value, which I feel inevitable for such movie, was negligible. The twists are meaningless as they're pretty predictable to be a twist in its real sense, thereby adding to the dissatisfaction. But since the stories, excluding the last one, weren't a drag and overall it was about average (having okay performances, not extremely boring, etc.), I decided to give it such a fine rating.
Wild Tales contends that human beings are merely separated by a thin line between societal norms and raging beasts. These six sagas of revenge highlight this fact. The most successful of which suffuse their bleak takes on life with comedy. Damián Szifrón writes and directs this glossy picture co-produced by Pedro Almodóvar. Stunning cinematography by Javier Juliá gives these dark comedies a picturesque quality that lightens the mood. A memorable score by Gustavo Santaolalla beautifully complements the production. Occasionally the tone gets nasty. There is a delicate balance between comedy and ugliness. It's the twisted humor that redeems these misanthropic sagas. More often than not, the strength of the composition outweighs the occasional lapse. I didn't expect the "Love Theme From Flashdance" to pop up in one segment but its playful moments like that which uplift a gloomy narrative. Those lighthearted touches keep these 6 unexpected tales of retribution consistently entertaining.
If Marco Ferreri, Dino Risi and Pedro Almodovar had a son, he would be an Argentinian named Damian Szifron. Each segment packs a sinister and hilarious punch and satirises social classes, justice, burocracy and marriage. Delightfully macabre.
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